Posts Tagged ‘akit’

CORN HOLE, Octavia Street

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

In the words of San Francisco’s Famous Akit:

“Just got back from a church bazaar. Who calls a children’s game ‘corn hole?’”

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I won’t even tell you what was happening on the very same day, the last Sunday of July, on nearby Dore Alley…

If You Have a Car Towed from Near Your Driveway, It’s Owner Just Might Come Back and Paint “Fuck You” on Your House

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Like this.

Here’s the story from famous Akit:

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Mid-Market Update: Cut-Rate Groceries Sold on the Sidewalk – The Pink Bag Mafia is Back on 7th Street

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Here are about ten sellers in a row this morning on the corner of 7th and Market in the heart of the corrupt Twitterloin.

Cream cheese was the order of the day:

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Appears as if San Francisco’s seniors have more than enough food, but not enough cold hard cash.

I inquired about Crispy Hexagons, but there was no reply.

No reply at all.

The Case of the Crispy Hexagons: Famous Akit Can’t Abide Food Bank Abuse From Our Determined Senior Citizens

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

So yeah, sometimes our seniors don’t really need to eat the food that they line up for at area food banks and churches and whatnot, but what are you going to do? It’s a lifestyle thing.

Get Famous Akit’s emphatic viewpoint on this issue right here.

Now, here’s the video from KTVU, complete with numerous Crispy Hexagons sightings. (Mmmmm….orthogonal.)

The weekly scene at Willie Brown’s old church in the Western A:

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So sure, some of them start horse-trading immediately (a big no-no near Glide Memorial – they want you to at least cross the street before dickering) and others sell their stuff down at U.N Plaza (that Mistake by the Lake, or fountain, whatever.)

And others, in more suburban areas such as the Western Addition and the West Bay, load their booty into the boots of their aging GS V8 Lexuseses.

But, what can you do?

Akit’s Complaint Department Pwns the SFMTA Once Again – Why Does MUNI Strand Riders Out on 48th?

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Famous Akit has been riding the SFMTA over the whole Point Lobos Saturday service issue – check out his update.

(If MUNI ran the post office, a first-class stamp would cost $17. And delivery to Hawaii and Alaska? Well you could just forget about that.)

Remember, Transit First, Riders Last.

Japantown Different Neighborhood Plan – Informational Meeting Today at City Hall

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Japantown Redevelopment Fever – catch it today in the Civic Center. You know, this whole Different Neighborhood Plan (some people call it the Better Neighborhood Plan, others call it the Worse Neighborhood Plan) has not been without controversy – get a flavor of that at Akit’s Complaint Department and Nakayoshi Young Professionals. Here’s what the coverage has been from Curbed SF and the Socketsite. (And there are some websites with people who advocate for the BNP.)

Below are the materials that will be presented today to the Historic Preservation Commission (nee Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board) by Planner Matt Weintraub sometime this afternoon after 12:30 PM (item #9 on the calendar) at Room 400 of City Hall, 200 Polk Street.

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Historic Preservation Commission Case Report, June 3, 2009 - PDF 233 kB

Japantown BNP Survey Area Map -PDF 214 kB

Historic Context Statement: Japantown, San Francisco, California - PDF 8 MB

Physical Heritage Report - PDF 1.6 MB

Traditional Cultural Property Evaluation Report - PDF 412 kB

District Record -PDF 400 kB

Survey Findings Report - PDF 736 kB

 

Property Evaluation – 1530 Buchanan Street -PDF 371 kB

Property Evaluation – 1745-1747 Buchanan Street -PDF 372 kB

Property Evaluation – 2018 Bush Street -PDF 408 kB

Property Evaluation – 2020 Bush Street -PDF 263 kB

Property Evaluation – 2031 Bush Street -PDF 469 kB

Property Evaluation – 2178-2182 Bush Street -PDF 479 kB

Property Evaluation – 1908-1914 Fillmore Street -PDF 385 kB

Property Evaluation – 2000-2016 Fillmore Street -PDF 330 kB

Property Evaluation – 1450 Laguna Street -PDF 474 kB

Property Evaluation – 1501 O’Farrell Street -PDF 772 kB

Property Evaluation – 2158 Pine Street -PDF 272 kB

Property Evaluation – 1646 Sutter Street -PDF 479 kB

Property Evaluation – 1745-1751 Sutter Street -PDF 334 kB

Property Evaluation – 1830 Sutter Street -PDF 618 kB

Property Evaluation – Buchanan Mall -PDF 307 kB

Property Evaluation – Japan Center - PDF 5.2 MB

 

More deets, after the jump.

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A Little Blowback for the Japantown “Better” Neighborhood Plan

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Here it comes from the We’re-from-the-Government-and-We’re-Here-to-Help-You people. Brace yourselves:

“The DRAFT Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan is ready for your review!”

O.K. then. But the problem is that some of the people involved in this process from the get-go now use the term “complete disaster” to describe it today. Let’s journey to Akit’s Complaint Department to get the reaction from Paul Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California. It’s under “SF Japantown Crisis” – check it out, if you want.

Tearing down those malls on Post Street  – is that a good idea? I don’t know. But keep in mind that these are the same people that sold you the “Great Street!” of Octavia Boulevard, which turned out to be a scar upon the land. (In mitigation, the Japantown “B”NP lacks the complicating factor have having architects designing like-nowhere-else-in-the-universe boulevards. Sorry, “Great Boulevards!”)

Anywho, check out the latest news and the meeting sked below, and check out the notes from a meeting with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Ross Mirkarimi after the jump. Things were so much happier back in 2007. 

See if you agree that this plan is simply “a road map for developers.”

To Be Continued.

LATEST NEWS

The DRAFT Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan is ready for your review! 

 

After several years of analysis and community process, the Draft Plan phase is ready for your review. The Draft Plan will be presented to the Planning Commission for Commission endorsement at the end of June 2009. Prior to endorsement, we will hold two informational hearings at the Planning Commission, and one hearing at the Historic Preservation Commission. In the upcoming month, please review the Draft Plan, attend any or all of the hearings to provide feedback , and send us your comments.
You can review each chapter individually by
clicking on the links below:

Chapter 1: Introduction - Acobat PDF 4 MBChapter 2: Community Heritage - Acobat PDF 2.5 MBChapter 3: Community and Economic Development - Acobat PDF 1.2 MBChapter 4: Land Use - Acobat PDF 2.1 MBChapter 5: Built Form - Acobat PDF 3.1 MB

Chapter 6: Public Realm - Acobat PDF 9.1 MB

Chapter 7: Transportation and Circulation - Acobat PDF 4 MB

Chapter 8: Japan Center - Acobat PDF 2 MB

Chapter 9: Implementation - Acobat PDF 1 MB

 

Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan Appendices

There are also a number of appendices referenced in the Japantown Better Neighborhood Plan. Click below to download them.

Appendix A: Japantown Opinion Survey Summary

Appendix B: National Heritage Areas

Appendix C: Historic Property Benefits Matrix

Appendix D: Community Benefit District Case Studies

Appendix E: Implementation Case Studies

Appendix F: Planning a Multi-Use Community Facility

Appendix G: Transportation and Circulation Analysis

Appendix H: Japan Center Proforma Analysis


If you would like to purchase a hard copy of the Draft Plan, they will be available beginning May 26th in the Japantown Planning Room during our office hours (2nd floor of the Miyako Mall) or at Japantown Task Force at 1765 Sutter Street. We will also have free CDs and free copies available that you can read on site.

 



We will present the Draft Plan to the Planning Commission in May and June to seek endorsement. Please attend to express your opinion of the Plan’s recommendations.

The Draft Japantown Plan is currently on the Planning Commission’s calendar for:

  • Thursday, May 28 (Information Only)
  • Thursday, June 4 (Information Only)
  • Thursday, June 25 (Anticipated Endorsement of Plan)


The hearings begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Commission Chambers – Room 400, San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place. Check the Planning Commission calendar at sfplanning.org (under “Calendars”) as the dates get closer; calendars are subject to change.



We will also present the Japantown Historic Resource Survey Findings and the Context Statement to the Historic Preservation Commission on June 3, 2009.

Want to discuss the Draft Plan or ask questions? Visit us during Office Hours in the Japantown Planning Room:

  • Monday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 11:00 am – 1:00 pm


If these times don’t work for you, please schedule a different time by contacting Rosie Dudley at 415-575-9068 or via email at rosemary.dudley@sfgov.org.


Send your comments to Rosie Dudley at 1650 Mission, Suite 400 San Francisco, CA 94103 or email them to rosemary.dudley@sfgov.org.

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San Francisco’s Ham-Handed Attempt to Suppress Halloween

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Now the point of the government-sponsored Home for Halloween ad campaign is to suppress turnout for San Francisco’s world-famous Halloween in the Castro. At that, it might be successful, we’ll see. But the webpages for the ad campaign sure are an amateurish, ham-handed production. To wit, try to reconcile this:

There will be NO Halloween celebration in the Castro in 2008.”

With this: 

There very much WILL be Halloween in the Castro. As for “cancelling a celebration:” the fact is quite the opposite.”

Well that’s clear as mud.

Where will these Castro Queens go this year? Click to expand:

 

Where will Fake Frank Chu go this year?

Where will Batgirl and Robin go this year?

Let’s scan through a few more blanket statements from the H4H webpages:

“As in every other community in the City, there will be zero tolerance for behavior which doesn’t respect the celebrated diversity of our communities.”

What? Not sure if this is a government-sponsored policy goal or whatever. It certainly doesn’t reflect reality and, if we imagine local government taking steps to make the above statement become true, those steps would be unconstitutional. Moving on: 

“And again like last year, there will be zero tolerance for individuals and businesses that do not obey alcohol consumption and distribution regulations.”

In reality, San Francisco has a lot of tolerance for a lot of things. The above statement is not operational, it is incorrect. Let’s try another:  

“The Castro is not appropriate for a party with 100,000 people.”

So then, what about Pink Saturday? Is IT appropriate for the Castro? Perhaps the gov’mint could start up a Home for Pink Saturday campaign?

Akit’s Complaint Department really gets into the David Perry issue here. (It’s certainly possible Akit misunderstood Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s statements over the past year, but that’s a different matter.)

Enjoy your Halloween, San Francisco.